This 76k/47mi. route is one only to be cycled those who are up for a challenge. This can be quite a testing spin which offers a large variety as well as the possibility of dealing with prevailing unsheltered atlantic winds for sustained periods.
The route follows the Dingle road out of Tralee out past Blennerville and it is this road in particular that can be quite exposed depending upon the wind factor. The next port of call is Camp after about 16K, whereby the road to Annascaul is followed. Here begins a noteworthy climb called Gean na Geailt which begins as soon as you take the Annascaul road and continues at a sustained incline up to a height of 205m/615 ft. The top of this climb can be quiet exposed also and should be taken carefully and also on the descent into Anascaul with 35K cycled which is a good place to take a break.
Head out from Anascaul in the direction of inch beach which is the opposite side of the Dingle peninsula from Camp and again can be quite exposed. This road however is mostly flat and a welcome break from the previous climb. After 25K and having cycled through places like Keel and Boolteens (small villages) you reach the town of Castlemaine and turn left for Tralee with 16K remaining in the spin. The final leg of this cycle contains a hill known locally as Tralee Mountain which reaches a height of 177m/531ft but is not as punishing as the first climb and has a very steady gradient. On top of this climb a view of Tralee and it’s approaching descent greets you for some nice freewheeling or time to put the hammer down for those with the legs to go for it.
|Distance:||47 miles, 75 K|
|Elevation:||+ 2973 / – 2974 ft|
|Max Gradient:||9.4 %|
A mixed bag and chellenging! I’m not particularly fond of the Dingle road as far as Camp due to the traffic and wind and the fact that there are long narrow straights which seem to continue for longer than they actually do. Turning left in Camp and beginning the ascent of Gean na Gealt however the real cycle begins. The climb is tough but maneagable in fairness and is a welcome negotiation from having continued straight on in Camp instead and wandered up the Conor Pass!!
Again I find the road to Castlemaine a bit lengthy but the views of Inch beach are spectacular. The fact that Tralee Mountain is the final gallop into Tralee somehow makes it easier and more approachable.